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In the small town of Sallisaw, Okla., the Chetley name is synonymous with victory. This inspirational tale of a young man's dream to reunite his family through amateur wrestling is as triumphant as it is profoundly touching. Mike Chetley is a former high school and collegiate champion, estranged from his family. Things change when his awkward, undersized, younger brother Cal comes back into his life with a plan to unify Mike and their widowed mother Sharon, but not without major setbacks. With the guidance of Red, Cal learns that winning against all odds is worth more then he could have… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Follows a straight narrative line to its cliched ending without a deviation from formula."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A by-the-numbers sports drama with a death grip on clichés and acting every bit as flat as the mat..."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Cena?s a game actor, but imagining him in the same gene pool as the petite Clarkson or the scrawny Graye is too much of a stretch."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"There is something comical about the way the movie tries to integrate Cena's massively muscled torso into its chosen atmosphere of casual realism. He looks like something out of Transformers."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Even in our current culture of devalued vocabulary, it takes a lot of chutzpah to make a movie about a high school kid who wins a few wrestling matches and title it 'Legendary.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Exactly what you might expect, right down to the montage of blindfolded tussling, jogging and high-fives to the tune of unrelenting inspirational music."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Patricia Clarkson's charismatic warmth elevates an awkward inspirational sports drama."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Not nearly cinematic enough or well-written enough to take that doozy of a step that so often separates "inspirational" and "hokey.""
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Clarkson cries on cue, perhaps recalling what an awful film she's in."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"This isn't paint by numbers - it's color by numbers, with dull crayons. The only reason to see it is if you happen to want to be a Patricia Clarkson completist."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"It may not live up to that grandiose title, but this rousingly sweet little flick is certainly nothing to go out of your way to avoid."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Better thesped and helmed than its schmaltzy premise probably warrants."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"As schmaltzy after-school special/Hallmark Hall of Fame family fare goes, Legendary isn't so bad."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Predictable but moving sports drama goes beyond wrestling."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Stix Dig Hick Pix? A firmly Middle American high-school drama, set in small-town Oklahoma, about classical wrestling, starring a sports-entertainment wrestler and produced by World Wrestling Entertainment."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
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